What's hot: Snook have started moving to beaches in north Pinellas. Many spoil islands in the Intracoastal serve as a transition point. Small groups of snook have been mixed in with trout that inhabit the islands of St. Joseph Sound and islands toward Clearwater. Although there will be a higher population moving in over the next month, there are plenty of snook on the points and trenches of the barrier islands, including Honeymoon, Caladesi and Anclote.
Tactics: Snook favor the calmer cuts and grassy flats on the inside, eastern portion of beaches in early spring. Fish deeper edges of the sandy flats around the passes while looking for small schools of glass minnows on the surface. Snook often lurk below them for easy meals.
Tip: Snook prefer a larger offering. If using artificials in shallow waters, go with a 4- to 5-inch jerk worm, chartreuse or white in color on an eighth-ounce jig head. If live bait fishing, go with large sardines or a threadfin herring.
Brian Caudill fishes from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. He can be reached at (727) 365-7560 and through his website at captbrian.com.